“About the USA” is an American Studies reader that examines the customs, government and history of the United States of America. It’s written for intermediate to advanced learners of English and contains a range of activities to practise listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
So how do the Germans view the Americans? Listen to what these people have to say (link to: YouTube).
Here’s a nice little video explainins the differences between British and American Christmas. You’ll learn about some of those lovely Christmas traditions in Britain, including pulling Christmas crackers, wearing paper Christmas hats, eating Christmas pudding and listening to the Royal Christmas message.
Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. It was originally a day when people celebrated the end of the harvest and thanked God for it.
According to history.com, It’s a day when families get together for a day of “feasting, football and family”.
It sounds a bit like what we in Britain call “Harvest Festival”.
A few weeks ago we spoke about the difference between pudding and dessert, as seen by a British expert. For John G. Robertson, who grew up in North America, dessert is the sweet course that comes after the main meal. Pudding is something like bread and butter pudding or something soft and custardy. In this article, he writes that when he moved to England he learned that one holds the fork in one’s left hand with the tines facing down. That’s what I learned, too! 😉